What's lovely about the new methods of communication so beloved by today's youth is that they haven't caused people to lose their sense of propriety, their sense that there's a way to do things.
Yes, kids might prefer to text rather than talk these days, but that doesn't mean their texts don't convey true, heartfelt sensitivity toward that fellow human. So I know you will appreciate a story emerging from what I used to consider the rather sedate area of Huntington Beach, Calif. (Didn't Shaq used to live there?)
Imagine you're caught speeding and a police car signals for you to stop. You sit quietly in your car, until there's a knock at the window. It's a green man with three heads and some yellow dribble coming from one of his noses.
Oh, I know I'm exaggerating a little. I blame that on the world's excitement that we might now know what the iPhone 4G will look like. Well, there's also the delightful fact that new speed cameras, ones that connect to satellites in outer space, are being tested on the roads of the United Kingdom.
According to the BBC, the peeps at PIPS Technology, heretofore known as developing fine license plate recognition systems, have turned more than a head or two toward creating a new system that will couple their existing amusements with an ability to track your average speed over long distances.
The new SpeedSpike system connects to GPS satellites that clearly have nothing better to do than help your local council discover whether you have just slipped down a motorway at an average of 74 mph rather than the stipulated 70. And I say "motorway" because PIPS is testing its imaginative system in the U.K.
As I understand it, some funster at PIPS worked out that if you could photograph someone's license plate at points A and B, you could work out how quickly they got from A to B and therefore what their average speed might, indeed, have been.
So motorists on two lucky stretches of road--one in Southwark, South London (nice cathedral, otherwise dreary), the other on the A374 in Cornwall, at the very bottom left of England (perhaps someone at PIPS has a country house down there)--are to be the first to enjoy that feeling of being watched from a completely new angle.… Read more
Jordan had wandered into the Apple store in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver in order to buy an iPad. He wasn't even buying it to take home and indulge himself. He had been asked by one of his colleagues in Canada to pick up an iPad for someone who had enjoyed a promotion.
"I didn't even know what it was. It's a toy," Jordan told KDVR.
Surveillance film reportedly showed that the minute he left the Apple store, Jordan was followed by two young men. He had the Apple bag tied around his wrist and, just before he entered the parking garage, he felt someone violently tugging on his arm.
Pornography, like disappointment, is a hard thing to avoid.
As both production and access have become easier and cheaper, there seems an endless number of (free) opportunities to discreetly partake of the same scenes over and over again played by different actors with different surgical histories.
However, if the latest e-mail purportedly sent by Apple CEO Steve Jobs to a customer called Matthew Browning is, indeed, genuine, then Apple seems to be reaching for some moral high ground, which may or may not be virtual.
Browning wrote to Jobs because he was concerned that Apple was choosing to become something … Read more
Technology is increasingly assisting true love along its course from true north through true happiness to relationship gone truly south.
So, as a singular supporter of the digital aspects of love, my heart is pumping with extra vigor at the news of a Webcam that saved a wedding.
You might have heard that folks who happen to be over in Europe are having a little trouble with the first angry thing to come out of Iceland since the great Magnus Ver Magnussen's contorted face while winning the World's Strongest Man Contest for the third time in a row … Read more
Well Wendy Southgate, 52, might have become the most photographed person in a medium that is enjoyed by so many people around the world. Yes, the next best thing to "Vogue"--Google Street View.
According to the Sun, Southgate, who lives in Suffolk, England, one day decided to take her dog for a walk.
Indeed, she thought nothing more about the walk with Trixie until her husband, a man of infinite curiosity, logged on to Google Street View to see what he might find there. The English, you see, haven't completely warmed … Read more
The ad, which some might consider about as dangerous as an ice cream cone in a gunfight, showed a young chap take a Kin shot of whatever was up his shirt--presumably tautly trained pectorals-- and send it to an attractive person of the opposite sex.
A new motion in the Lower Merion School School District Webcam-spying case has presented extraordinary suggestions as to the frequency and intimate nature of the photographs allegedly taken remotely by the cameras on school-issued laptops.
On Thursday, lawyers for 15-year-old Blake Robbins and his family claimed that thousands of images were taken by the laptop Webcams. Included in these were, according to the motion, "pictures of Blake partially undressed and of Blake sleeping." In addition, images of Web sites visited and snapshots of their instant messages were also allegedly captured.
I first sold my soul to a girl with a very large gap in her teeth. It took me years to get it back. (Yes, souls are recoverable.) But then I met a former trapeze artist from a Hungarian circus. The rest, as they say, is misery.
So I feel a peculiar and vigorous bond with the 7,500 people who, so mesmerized by the idea of buying a video game, sold their souls to the UK gaming retailer GameStation.
You might think I am making this up. You might think that no one can buy someone else's soul. At least, not legally. Well, please check your own soul compartment, just in case you might have inadvertently sold its contents while ordering up a new Xbox 360.
According to Fox News, you see, GameStation decided to slip a clause into the terms and conditions of its purchase contracts that gave the company the rights to your immortal being.
The clause makes for stimulating reading: "By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions."
The retailer reportedly began this clause as an April Fool's joke, but then developed it in order to prove to itself, the world, and the heated inhabitants of Haedes that no one reads these often draconian draftings. … Read more
I'm sure there are few people left in the world who have not, at one time or another, sent a picture of their most favorable body parts to someone they loved. Or at least coveted. Or at least knew. I am, therefore, moved to photograph the frothing in my brain caused by the controversy surrounding a video for Microsoft's new Kin phones aimed at young social-networking hipsters.
The film appears at Kin.com, a Microsoft promotional site that tells you the Kin is "impulsive" and that "the more you share, the more you get." … Read more